Art Nouveau was a style of applied arts in many forms, especially the decorative arts from 1890-1910. This style evolved from a backlash against the rigorous standards of art styles of the 19th century. Art Nouveau embraced many forms of art including functional and architectural elements still seen today throughout Europe. The typical style was organic and fluid rather than geometric and linear. It no longer told a story about history, but rather described the experience of the viewer and was often thought to be spiritually uplifting.